WILLIAMSTOWN -- For the second year in a row, Mount Greylock Regional School District achieved Level 1 Status with the state of Massachusetts; it is the highest of the state’s five levels of accountability.
Scores on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) showed improvement in student performance and the narrowing of achievement gaps between student populations.
The commitment of the entire teaching staff is evident in the school’s Level 1 Status.
"The alignment of courses to Massachusetts Common Core State Standards, an emphasis on literacy across disciplines, plus more rigorous and relevant programming, have helped students grow academically," Principal Mary MacDonald said. "There’s a direct correlation between these important changes and student success with MCAS testing."
Examples of Mount Greylock students’ success are evident in all three academic areas tested. Ninety-two percent of Mount Greylock seventh graders scored Advanced or Proficient in the English Language Arts MCAS, compared to the state average of 81 percent.
On the math MCAS, 72 percent of seventh graders met those placement distinctions, while the state average was 52 percent. Eighth-grade English scores at Advanced or Proficient encompassed 90 percent of the class; the state average is 78 percent.
Tenth-grade math scores saw improvement; a full 71 percent of tenth graders scored in the Advanced range; 55 percent was the state average.
Eighty percent of ninth-grade physics students scored in the Advanced to Proficient range, while the state average for this range was 63 percent.
The school’s status can also be linked to a turnaround in the math department, which was expanded recently in response to suggestions following an assessment by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). The Looney Math Consultants also led the department through curriculum re-design and instructional coaching, which, according to Superintendent Rose Ellis, "served as a catalyst for every department in the school to really engage in this turnaround."
Ellis said the ICLE continued a similar assessment and coaching program for the school’s science department, and will look closely at the history program in the coming year.
"Our goal is to create an environment of world-class learners," Ellis said.